MUSIC REVIEWS

Champ de Mars – Halloween Leaves (LP)

Indie rock is an identity and one that has to be portrayed with a demeanor more indicative of humility than exaggerated confidence. While I don’t know that it’s fair to say that Champ de Mars are chasing their version of this identity solely to be true to form in their …

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Greye – “VII” (LP)

Greye’s new eleven-track release VII is a peak moment for this Florida four-piece. They’ve consistently churned out top-shelf material for more than ten years and show no signs of slowing down. VII finds their particular brand of Southern Rock 2.0 in fine fettle thanks to a varied instrumental attack, skillful songwriting, irrepressible energy, and …

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Jake Allen Releases “Refractions Volume I” (LP)

Jake Allen (music), Jennifer Mann (paintings). In an era where music is predominantly consumed in bite-sized streaming formats, Refractions Volume I emerges as a breath of fresh air—a symbiotic audio/visual project that challenges the very notion of how we experience music. Created by the dynamic duo of Jake Allen and Jennifer …

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Sabrina Monique “It Was Always You” (SINGLE)

Her single “It Was Always You” carries on a venerable songwriting tradition with character and flair. It’s a song about the aftermath of a relationship when the aggrieved partner realizes, hey, it wasn’t me who had the problem, it wasn’t me who failed “us” – it was you. Songs like …

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Universal Dice “Curse” (SINGLE)

You can’t ever accuse Universal Dice of aiming for the lowest common denominator. I believe songwriter Gerry Dantone and his cohorts merge thought provoking themes, adult subject matter, and beguiling musical settings better than many much more well-known contemporaries and are writing and recording music aglow with timeless attributes. Their …

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Villi V “Constellation High” (SINGLE)

As indebted as the song and perhaps the artistry of the man who created it for us is to the Canadian-born country of yesteryear, there’s something rather transcendent about the vocal in “Constellation High” that makes singer/songwriter Vili V all the harder to pigeonhole in this all-new single. Although there’s …

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bd Gottfried “Live, Fight & Die” (SINGLE)

In bd Gottfried’s startlingly on-point “Live, Fight & Die,” the burgeoning singer and songwriter reflects on experiences as a player who, for better or worse, has lived enough life to tell a story or two and has no qualms about doing as much here. Boasting some of the more endearing …

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Dawn Fuss – Maybe (EP)

“Growing Pains” begins Maybe in a bold way. Any of these songs could have worked as the EP opener, but it’s arguable that any could set listeners on the journey this release takes on the way that “Growing Pains” does. He comes out in a big way, like the boxer swinging as …

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“California Smile” by Singer/Songwriter Tom Tikka

Tom Tikka and Star Prairie Project’s Nolen Chew Jr. pair up for a songwriting gem entitled “California Smile”, and it’s the perfect song for sweeping away any lingering winter chill. Tikka is one of the music world’s best-kept open secrets as a songwriter, and recent releases such as Rainbows and Dead …

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